A new TV series on spectacular garden design has begun on Sky Arts, initially featuring the remarkable Lowther Castle designed by Dan Pearson.


Six programmes feature six gardens in the UK, all designed by some of the country's leading garden designers. Each series focuses on a top garden designer about their latest projects and demonstrate the links between healing, climate change, sustainability and the art of the garden.

The series began on August 2, with Lowther Castle, and continues each week airing at 7pm.

The episodes feature Arabella Lennox-Boyd's garden at Gregarth Hall on 9 August, Tom Stuart-Smith's Hepworth Wakefield Gallery Garden on 16 August, Tania Compton's garden at Fonthill House on 23 August, Cleve West's Hortatio's Garden in Salisbury on 30 August and James Alexander-Sinclair's Northamptonshire Garden on 6 September.

The programme can be viewed on Sky channel 130 as well as freeview channel 11 and Freesat channel 147. You can also watch it on NowTV.

Gardens Illustrated has featured several of these gardens in the magazine, including Lowther Castle and Gresgarth Hall. Dan Pearson's recently reimagined rose garden for Lowther has also just been reopened.

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Arabella Lennox Boyd's garden at Gresgarth Hall

Gresgarth Hall
© Jason Ingram

Full list of episodes of The Art of the Garden

Episode 1 Tuesday 2nd August
Dan Pearson, Lowther Castle

Rose Garden at Lowther Castle

Challenged to build a garden within the ruins of Lowther Castle, Dan Pearson looked, for inspiration, to the fabulous gardens of Ninfa near Rome.

Episode 2 Tuesday 9th August
Arabella Lennox-Boyd, Gresgarth Hall

Gresgarth Hall
© Jason Ingram

At Gresgarth Hall in Lancashire Arabella Lennox-Boyd has been laying out and tweaking a garden for forty years.

Episode 3 Tuesday 16th August
Tom Stuart-Smith, Hepworth Wakefield Gallery Garden

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden - Summer
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden - Summer (31st July 2020) © Jason Ingram

Eight-times Chelsea Gold winner and prolific artist, Tom Stuart’s latest challenge is to create a community garden alongside the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield – a wasteland bordered by a six-lane highway.

Episode 4 Tuesday 23rd August
Tania Compton, Fonthill House

Tania Compton Fonthill House
© Sabrina Ruder

Fonthill, with its Capability Brown-style lake has been remodelled by designer Tania Compton. She has had to respect the history of the old gardens while coming up with a modern layout.

Episode 5 Tuesday 30th August
Cleve West, Horatio’s Garden, Salisbury

Cleve West Horatios Garden

Chelsea Gold winner Cleve West designed the first Horatio’s Garden at Salisbury District Hospital, inspired by Olivia and David Chapple, whose son, Horatio was killed by a polar bear during a science expedition to Norway.

Episode 6 Tuesday 6th September
James Alexander-Sinclair, Northamptonshire Garden

James Alexander-Sinclair Northamptonshire Garden

For a couple who bought an empty plot in Northamptonshire, James Alexander-Sinclair has drawn a garden out of nothing. He did it at the same time as re-working a long-established typical English garden in the same county.

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Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London